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In an interview to be broadcast this weekend on "CBS SUNDAY MORNING" anchored by Charles Osgood, John Lennon's sons Julian and Sean publicly discuss their relationship for the first time. Julian Lennon talks about his father's legacy with correspondent Anthony Mason saying that, "Now more than ever I look back with a great deal of respect for him as a man - and his work. But not necessarily as a father." Lennon says that he feels forgiveness towards his late father and also discusses the difficulty of emerging from his father's shadow, as well as his bittersweet relationship with Yoko Ono. Excerpts from the interview are below" Sean and Julian Lennon discuss their relationship:
SEAN LENNON: Julian is the reason I started playing music actually. Because when I was a kid I remember when his record came out. And he was, you know, the biggest thing that existed in the world. YOKO ONO: …Biggest thing in our family… SEAN LENNON: …Actually he taught me how to play guitar…I remember him teaching me the song "Faith" by George Michael. JULIAN LENNON: Oh, jeez. SEAN LENNON: But the truth is Julian was like my hero. He is still is. Julian Lennon on his past differences with Yoko Ono:
JULIAN LENNON: It's just not worth the stress. It really isn't. The stresses and the strains. I think the key point to all this, for me at least, has been Sean. If I hurt Sean's mother, then I hurt Sean. It's a roundabout way of thinking about things. But, because I love Sean so much, I just don't want to hurt him…I can get over it. [I] have gotten over it.